Members and Collaborators

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS

Leslie J Kohman, MD, FACS
Appointed 07/01/83
C1070C Upstate Cancer Center
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-6303

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
  • Upstate Cancer Center: Surgery

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Cancer Research Institute
  • Surgery


Web Resources

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1985, Thoracic Surgery
  • Residency: Robert Packer Hospital, 1981
  • MD: Pennsylvania State University, 1976

Clinical Interests

  • General thoracic surgery, Multidisciplinary evaluation of lung cancer patients, Thymoma/thymectomy for myasthinia gravis, Clinical trials in thoracic malignancy.

Research Interests

  • All aspects of thoracic oncology and lung cancer. Clinical trials in solid organ cancers.

Clinical Trials

  • CALGB 140503: A Phase III Randomized Trial of Lobectomy versus Sublobar Resection of Small (<= 2 cm) Peripheral Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
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Specialties & Certification

  • Thoracic Surgery

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) Caused by Injury
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax) not Related to Injury
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma


  • Adults


  • Bronchoscopy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Lung Surgery
  • Mediastinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thymectomy


  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)
  • Women in Thoracic Surgery
  • American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
  • American Surgical Association (ASA)
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • General Thoracic Surgical Club
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • Medical Society of The State of New York
  • Onondaga County Medical Society

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
  • VA Medical Center

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

2/26/15 Cancer Center medical director reflects on decades of advances in cancer prevention, treatments

5/28/14 Welcome to the new Upstate Cancer Center

4/3/14 The dangers of e-cigarettes

11/14/13 Update on the lung cancer screening program at Upstate

1/27/13 Upstate's Lung Cancer Screening Program embraces new ACS lung cancer screening recommendations

Web Resources


Link to PubMed External Icon (Opens new window. Close the PubMed window to return to this page.)


Numerous clinical trials are available for patients with all stages of lung cancer, other malignancies of the chest, and malignant pleural effusions. Close coordination with specialists from other departments allows the most up to date clinical treatment and trials, even for patients who are not suitable for surgery.

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Emeritus Faculty

Syracuse University

Cornell University

  • Hening Lin, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Eloy Rodriguez, Ph.D. External Icon
    James A Perkins Professor
    Department of Plant Biology

Clarkson University

SUNY Binghamton University

SUNY Buffalo State College


SUNY Downstate University

Wadsworth Center

Technion—Israel Institute of Technology

  • Yuval Shaked, Ph.D.
    Senior Lecturer
    Molecular Pharmacology

Veterans Hospital, Syracuse

  • William Marx, DO, FACS
    Chief of Staff
    Veterans Hospital

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY University at Buffalo

Other Organizations

  • Ben-Zion Levi, Ph.D. External Icon
    Professor, Faculty Dean
    Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering
    Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
    Haifa, Israel
  • Cheng-Chang Lu, Ph.D.
    National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Tak-Wah Wong, Ph.D.
    National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Li-Wha Wu, Ph.D.
    National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan